WOLLONGONG City Council will shortly begin works on improving and rebuilding the iconic reserve at Bald Hill, Stanwell Park.
The project received $2.9 million in funding under the Restart NSW Illawarra Infrastructure Fund.
Works will be completed in three stages with stage one seeing the lower car park resurfaced. This will be following immediately with the road works, a roundabout, and the associated walkway constructed.
This work will improve traffic safety, parking, walkways and enhance the heritage of the area.
Stage three will see the amenities building rebuilt between January and late 2016. Council is currently considering the development application for the construction of the new amenities building which will include new toilets and a space for a coffee shop.
State MP for Heathcote Lee Evans said he is proud to offer funding for the refresh of the site.
“Bald Hill has played an important place in the history of aviation in Australia with Lawrence Hargrave experimenting with box kites in the 1890s on this site,” he sai.
“It still plays an important role in paragliding and hanggliding sports. More importantly this gateway to the Illawarra continues to attract thousands of tourists who enjoy and marvel at this wonderful view.
“Funding under the Restart NSW Illawarra Infrastructure Fund will help to rejuvenate this site as well as create employment in the region through the renewal and improvement as well as continued employment when the coffee offering is completed,” Mr Evans said.
Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said: “Bald Hill is a major cultural and tourist site for the Illawarra. It is a major project for Council in its 2012-2017 Delivery Program which is aimed at reinvesting in ageing infrastructure in the city.
“The community engagement has been extensive and we are working to ensure that the eight guiding principles developed with the community are built into the final works for this reserve.”
For more information contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (02) 4227 7111.